Monday, July 12, 2010

Experiment 1, Part 2 - pie filling

Right, let's move onto part 2 - the filling of the pie! Here's what you'll need. Not particularly complicated, is it?!

Start by putting 1/2 cup of water into a large saucepan.

Then peel the apples - you'll need ten of them.

Quarter them, core them, and dice them:

10 apples results in a lot of cores...

Dump the apples in on top of the water.

Then put the lid on the pot and simmer the apples for about 5 minutes, or until they're tender. I probably overdid it a little bit, because I got distracted playing with my zester!

While the apples are doing their thing, place 1/4 cup of caster sugar in a mixing bowl.

Then add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon:

And grab your Microplane zester. Okay, any zester will do. I just like gloating about mine... ;)

Zest the lemon.

Mmmmm, zesty bokeh...

I tried running the zester over the lemon rather than the lemon over the zester - apparently that's the way Microplane zesters are MEANT to be used. But frankly, I find the other way neater and easier. Although it *does* mean you don't have to scoop up the zest because it's just nicely sat in the back of the zester. Catch-22, methinks...

Add a teaspoon of lemon zest to the cinnamon and sugar. I had a little bit extra, so I dumped it in anyway.

When the apples are tender, drain them and discard the liquid. It's amazing how much liquid comes out of apples when they cook...

And then dump the apples in with the sugar mixture, and mix it through. This smells so freaking good...

And leave the apple mixture aside to cool - that's all there is to the filling!! It's pretty damned easy really - the only tough/time consuming part is peeling and chopping the 10 apples!
Next up, pie assembly........
K :) xx


  1. Cloves. Needs cloves. Can't have an apple pie without 'em.

  2. Weeeeeeeeell, you can when the recipe doesn't call for it, and when you don't particularly like cloves! ;)


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